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Bruxism

Teeth Grinding – Why It Happens and How to Stop It

Do you feel stressed at work?Do you find it hard to concentrate when working? Do you wake up with pain in your jaw?

If you answered yes to any of these, chances are you are teeth grinding during your sleep.

Teeth grinding, medically known as bruxism, is literally the grinding of teeth or the clenching of jaws. It often occurs during deep sleep or while under stress.

Teeth Grinding – Why It Happens

Stress is believed to be the number one culprit, but sleep patterns as well as a genetic disposition or gender can cause the condition.

Teeth grinding, according to some experts, is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

Teeth Grinding – How to Detect

Since teeth grinding usually happen when one is sleeping, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw is a sign of bruxism.

If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist. He can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and abnormalities in your teeth. A tell tale sign is the condition of your teeth- flat teeth at any age is a good indication you’re a grinder.

Teeth Grinding – Why It’s Dangerous

Bruxism can wear down tooth enamel, chip teeth, increase temperature sensitivity, and cause severe facial pain and jaw problems, such as temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ).

Chronic teeth grinding can also result in a fracturing, loosening, or worse, loss of teeth. It may wear teeth down to stumps. When these events happen, bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, and even complete dentures may be needed.

You don’t want that to happen, do you?

Teeth Grinding – How to Stop It

Fortunately, there is a solution to teeth grinding and saving your teeth.

  • Talk to your dentist. He will take an impression of your teeth and make you a brux guard to wear while sleeping. At first, wearing the guard will feel a little uncomfortable, but once you get used to it, you won’t even notice it’s there. Keep in mind that the guard may not keep you from the actual act of grinding, but it will prevent any further tooth damage and any jaw or ear pain will lessen significantly.
  • Make this a habit – keep your lips sealed your teeth apart (not touching). Try it! Being conscious of your teeth placement and not allowing them to touch, even when your mouth is closed makes your jaw relaxed and they won’t be as likely to tighten up during sleep. Just being aware and reminding yourself of teeth grinding helps lessen the chances of it happening.
  • Exercise is by far a great way to relieve stress, and especially stress-related teeth grinding. When the body exerts itself, the muscles in our body and face relax as well as the mind. A walk or any other mild form of exercise can lighten the tension from chronic grinding.

Teeth Grinding Has a Solution

At Indianapolis Dentistry located in Greenwood, Dr. Ted Reese utilizes a mouth guard better known as a “brux guard” in order to efficiently and effectively reduce pain, prevent permanent damage to the teeth, and reduce clenching as much as possible.

If you have trouble sleeping at night, you might also be interested in our sleep test and sleep treatment. We have a home sleep study to determine whether or not you could benefit from a snoring appliance that can help you sleep better at night.

Don’t wait until bruxism limits your daily/nightly activities and enjoyment in the things you love! Take control of your life and mouth today by calling 317-882-0228 or visiting Indianapolis Dentistry and inquiring as to how they can quickly and easily fit you with a brux guard.

Indianapolis Dentistry Vs. Chain Dental Practices

Wondering about how Indianapolis Dentistry stacks up against the competition? Here's a quick comparison of our family-owned and operated dental practice against other "chain" dental practices:

INDIANAPOLIS DENTISTRY

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Open Monday: 8am - 5pm; Tuesday: 7am - 5pm; Wednesday: 8am - 5pm; Thursday: 12pm - 7pm; Friday: 9am - 5pm Open 7 days a week from 9 - 9pm
Emergencies Accepted! No Appointment Necessary
We file ALL Insurances and Care Credit is Available!   File “most” forms of insurance
1 hour Visit w/ Appointment; Usually NO second visit necessary Potential for Extensive Wait TimesLikely Necessitates Specialist Attention and an Appointment Elsewhere
IV Sedation Therapy Eases Stress and Allows You to Sleep Through Your Appointment with NO Downtime  
Spa-Like Office Amenities; Serving Keurig Coffee

Not only does Indianapolis Dentistry offer Emergency Dental Treatment and an identical service list, but at Indianapolis Dentistry we also offer:

- Laser Dentistry

- Oral Surgery

- IV Sedation Dentistry 

- Veneers

- TJM Care

- BruxGuards (made in-house)

- Invisilign and Braces

- Dental Implants for ALL Ages

- Relaxing Dental Spa Environment

- Free Keurig Coffee, TV, Internet, and Magazines/Newspaper So You Can Relax or Stay Up-to-Date  

Indianapolis Dentistry is unequivocally your ONE STOP dental office for everything from a pampered routine cleaning to more advanced surgical procedures.

Why spend the time visiting two or more dental offices when you can simply call Indianapolis Dentistry?

Indianapolis Dentistry’s prices are competitive with, if not lower than, impersonal, chain dental facilities, and by supporting ID you are supporting family run small businesses everywhere.

Come checkout a thriving dental practice owned and run by Dr. Ted ReeseIndiana’s most prominent and decorated dentists.

We look forward to meeting you!

(Serving Indianapolis, Greenwood, Franklin, Whiteland, Trafalgar, Mooresville, Martinsville, and Southport)

BruxGuard: Mitigating TMJ and Jaw-Related Stress

Indianapolis TMJ Therapy
Indianapolis TMJ Therapy

Are you plagued by annoying headaches when you wake up in the morning? "Bruxism" is the medical term used to describe the casual clenching (tightly holding top and bottom teeth together) or grinding (sliding teeth back and forth over each other) of one's teeth that typically occurs while sleeping. The cause of bruxism is not uniformly agreed upon, but triggers include daily stress, anxiety, anger, pain, frustration, and certain sleep disorders. Whether or not bruxism causes pain and other problems depends on the person. Important indicating factors are:

  • How much stress you are under
  • How long and tightly you clench and grind
  • Whether your teeth are misaligned
  • Your sleeping habits
  • Your ability to handle stress

Chronic bruxism puts repeated pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other structures around your jaw the symptoms of which can lead to more serious jaw problems such as TMJ - temporomandibular joint problems.

Unfavorable symptoms of TMJ may include (but are not limited to):

  • Anxiety, stress, and tension
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Headache
  • Hot, cold, or sweet sensitivity in the teeth
  • Insomnia
  • Sore or painful jaw

It is important to identify and treat symptoms of TMJearly in order to avoid severe and chronic future jaw pain. Treating the underlying bruxism is a necessary first line of defense!

At Indianapolis Dentistry, located in Greenwood, Dr. Ted Reese utilizes a mouth guard better known as a brux guard in order to efficiently and effectively reduce pain, prevent permanent damage to the teeth, and reduce clenching as much as possible.

Greenwood Indiana Bruxguard
Greenwood Indiana Bruxguard

A brux guard is a bite plate that can be fitted easily and accurately at chairside in minutes, resulting in a safe, comfortable and efficacious solution for bruxers. The secret of brux guards are in their combination of plastics that create a bite plate that is soft against the teeth but hard at the base to eliminate bite-through.

Don’t wait until bruxism limits your daily/nightly activities and enjoyment in the things you love! Take control of your life and mouth today by calling or visiting Indianapolis Dentistry and inquiring as to how they can quickly and easily fit you with a brux guard.